The Social Entrepreneurs Project

Funded by the Skoll and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundations, this project seeks to uncover the factors that make social entrepreneurship a reality. This research rests on several key assumptions: social entrepreneurs can be organizations as well as individuals, and can exist in all three sectors (public, private, not-for-profit); social entrepreneurs strive towards a common goal of lasting social change; social entrepreneurs undertake pattern-breaking approaches to reach their goal or strive towards a pattern-breaking goal; social entrepreneurship does not require social enterprise; social entrepreneurship can occur in varying degrees of quality and intensity over the lifetime of an organization.